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Expert: climate change increases dengue fever risks

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Fijian Ministry of Health believes climate change is closely linked to the increase risk of mosquito-borne diseases especially dengue fever in the country.

National Adviser for Communicable Diseases, Aalisha Khan says Pacific countries are going through unexpected weather patterns and need to take proactive measures to prevent another dengue outbreak, FBC News reports.

“In May was the peak of the outbreak and that is outside our normal rainy season which is November to April every year, so this just highlights that our climate is changing and so climate change is happening. So with our Government being in Bonn for COP23 – it’s very related to our people and dengue fever is one the diseases that is known to be linked to climate change.”